Cotati to appoint Gilardi's replacement
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Rather than hold a special election to replace outgoing City Councilwoman Pat Gilardi, the Cotati City Council at its meeting on Wednesday night unanimously voted 4-0 to fill her seat via appointment.

A special election would likely cost the city upward of $25,000. Gilardi, whose resignation is effective as of today, was absent from the council meeting because of a prior commitment involving her new job with Sonoma County 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin.

Applications will be taken beginning Monday, and the council must appoint a new member by March 26. Whomever is chosen for the seat will be the third appointed councilmember; Mayor Mark Landman and Vice-Mayor John Dell'Osso both were appointed but won subsequent reelection.

One Cotati citizen who is itching to get back on the council is former councilman George Barich, who was recalled in 2009. But it is highly unlikely the constant critic of the council will be appointed. In the November election, Barich finished last on the four-person ballot, as former mayor Susan Harvey, Dell'Osso and council newcomer Wendy Skillman won the top three spots.

Barich, however, feels he'd the be logical choice.

"This vacancy coming so close to the last election, logic dictates I be appointed," Barich told the council.

The last time an appointment was made to the council, it was in 2011 when Dell'Osso was called upon to fill the seat of the late Robert Coleman-Senghor, who died of a tear in his aorta. The other candidate who garnered serious consideration at the time was Ben Ford, currently the vice chair of the Cotati Planning Commission.


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